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Topic: Rusev & Aiden English Partnership
Posted By: admin
Subject: Rusev & Aiden English Partnership
Date Posted: 06/December/2017 at 12:53
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph09_eTXcPw

So funny. Got babyface written all over them and I suspect it will happen soon with the crowd pops, especially as they don't turn on the crowd for the pops to keep their heat.

When we were shown the Rusev new t shirt it got one of the biggest pops of the night.

They play off eachother so good. Better than many way more established pairings.


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Posted By: ihatethatmonkee
Date Posted: 06/December/2017 at 17:16
as annoying as the singing is, I noticed that too. the crowd got into a Rusev chant, there was definitely less of a heel vibe to them until the New Day intro started, the win was not treated like a disappointment, and they were immediately put into the title match for Clash of Champions.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 13/December/2017 at 13:00
Quote The Usos vs. Aiden English & Rusev is coming up.

- Aiden English and Rusev are out, and English treats us to a song about the 12 Days of Rusev Day. The Usos come out to interrupt, and they start cutting a promo until Chad Gable and Shelton Benjmain interrupt. Gable calls the other teams weak, and Shelton says on Sunday they'll be collecting those Tag Titles. We go to commercial.

- The Usos vs. Rusev & Aiden English: This one opens up with Rusev and English taking control early on. Rusev gets Jey in a bear hug and talks trash to Jimmy on the apron. Jey starts mounting a comeback and drops Rusev. Jimmy and Aiden both tag in, and Jimmy hits a Samoan Drop on him. Jimmy is fired up and goes for a splash in the corner, but English blocks it with a boot to the face. Uso recovers and comes back with a superkick to English, but Rusev breaks up the pin. Jey sends Rusev out to the floor and goes for a suicide dive, but Rusev stops him with a punch in the face. Jimmy comes over to back up Jey, and the chaos leads to Rusev hitting a big boot on Jimmy at ringside. Aiden takes Jimmy back in the ring and quickly rolls him up for the win.

Winners: Rusev & Aiden English

They should be given a team name so they feel more of a tag team instead of two random guys hanging out with eachother.
 
Aiden can hold a note and whilst the crowd was quite dead for them, they got more cheers than boos still.
 
Happy that they picked up the win and I hope they go on a roll.


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Posted By: Baz
Date Posted: 16/December/2017 at 20:55
I'm enjoying them as a team..let's be honest Rusev deserves so much more than he's getting so this regular TV time and getting Rusev Day over is a big start...plus English gets a bad deal too as he's more talented than his current position.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 18/December/2017 at 15:21
Quote Aiden English is in the ring and he introduces his partner Rusev. They get a huge “Rusev day” chant from the fans, and they crowd pops huge for Aiden’s “12 Days Of Rusev Day” song.

– The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. Rusev Day vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin: This one devolves into an all-out brawl between all of the competitors early on as the ref struggles to restore order. The fight spills outside where Kofi hits a suicide dive, and then Jimmy Uso hits one. Jey goes up top next, but Shelton runs up and hits a huge superplex into the ring with some serious distance. Big E runs in and drops Shelton, which begins the Unicorn Stampede on Benjamin. Kofi drops Rusev with a spinning heel kick, then he and Big E take turns dropkicking the others. Rusev drops Kofi with a superkick then throws Big E into the ring post, and now Big E is cleaning house. Gable gets the tag, and he and Benjamin double team Kofi. Benjamin comes back in now, and he and Rusev seem to agree to focus their offense on Kofi and Jimmy. Aiden tags in and starts double teaming Jimmy with Rusev. Gable and Shelton take turns suplexing and working over Kofi and Big E. More run-ins from the apron, and when the dust settles its down to Rusev and Gable. Rusev locks Gable in the Accolade until Rusev breaks it up. Big E goes for the Big Ending, but Rusev gets out and hits the big boot. Rusev with another Accolade, but Gable breaks it up and hits a German suplex on Rusev. Gable hits a German suplex on Aiden English next, then hits his roll-through German on Big E. Gable goes for the German on Jey, but Jimmy gets the bling tag and superkicks Gable. Another superkick, then Jey tags and hits the big splash off the top for the three count to win.

Winners & still Tag Team Champs: The Usos

In a match that had New Day, it's a big plus for the team that they were chosen to come out first to get the fans pumped for the next match.
 
Aiden has benefited the most and it's clear he's far more chemistry with his new tag team partner.
 
I hope at some point they get a one on one title fued as they have earned it.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 18/December/2017 at 17:19
I would say based on the reactions they’ve been getting particularly last night it would be hard for WWE to not turn them babyface, however despite the positive reactions it’s still a very heelish gimmick so may be hard to work out the transition. I would suggest maybe adding Lana back to the ranks as she was always popular too.

One thing is for sure and that’s Rusev is the most over he’s ever been as is Aiden English. It’s funny how sometimes the most bizarre of combinations/gimmicks just work.

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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 18/December/2017 at 19:02
Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

I would say based on the reactions they’ve been getting particularly last night it would be hard for WWE to not turn them babyface, however despite the positive reactions it’s still a very heelish gimmick so may be hard to work out the transition. I would suggest maybe adding Lana back to the ranks as she was always popular too.

One thing is for sure and that’s Rusev is the most over he’s ever been as is Aiden English. It’s funny how sometimes the most bizarre of combinations/gimmicks just work.

100% agree with the above and as much as i love The Uso's, i think they really need to make a big push on Rusev Day and give them a title run

Rusev has been absolutely phenomenal lately and i've not seen anyone (for years) be able to be so funny / interactive and then switch to be so destructive in the ring - his athleticism is uneblievable


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Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 18/December/2017 at 19:07
You know? WWE keeps telling us over and over that there is no heel, there is no babyface, and people cheer who they want and they boo who they want. So if that's really the philosophy they hold, and they're not completely full of shit when they say that, then why don't they put Rusev on a win streak, why don't the commentators cheer him? Why don't they portray him in a favorable light to amplify the fact that the fans like him? Why do they have to put heat on him?

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 19/December/2017 at 09:42
Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

You know? WWE keeps telling us over and over that there is no heel, there is no babyface, and people cheer who they want and they boo who they want. So if that's really the philosophy they hold, and they're not completely full of shit when they say that, then why don't they put Rusev on a win streak, why don't the commentators cheer him? Why don't they portray him in a favorable light to amplify the fact that the fans like him? Why do they have to put heat on him?


I would love it if they abandoned the traditional face/heel dynamic and just went with a cheer or boo who you like attitude towards every character.

It would make everything far more organic and natural, matches become less predictable and less formulatic.

The closest this has ever come to happening was in ECW(the real one) where there was no clear devide between heels and faces.

Sadly I don’t see WWE taking this approach as the tried and tested good vs evil has been a part of booking pro-wrestling for so long.

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Posted By: Benscast
Date Posted: 19/December/2017 at 11:26
I was legit happy that they got a huge pop and were over with that crowd. Missed opportunity there, but hopefully they're delaying the inevitable for the Rumble.


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 20/December/2017 at 15:45
Originally posted by Benscast Benscast wrote:

I was legit happy that they got a huge pop and were over with that crowd. Missed opportunity there, but hopefully they're delaying the inevitable for the Rumble.
 
Rusev won't win the Rumble, but if he ends up down to say the final 5 with fans right behind him believing maybe it COULD happen, then whoever throws him out would get so much heel heat his babyface turn would be nicely completed.
 
Quote Rusev Day vs. The New Day: Everyone in this match is wearing a Christ-mas themed costume. Rusev chases Kofi around to start as Kofi taunts him. English tags in and Kofi dropkicks him. Rusev runs in but Kofi throws him outside. The New Day grabs a red bag from ringside and they start throwing out tshirts to people in the crowd. Rusev and English drop Woods and Kofi from behind. English and Kofi are the legal men and English is beating down the New Day member. Rusev tags in and continues the assault on Kofi. Xavier finally gets the hot tag and lays into English with kicks. Kofi and Rusev come in, and Rusev dumps both Kofi and Woods to the outside. English and Rusev now go to the announce table and start pulling stuff off of it. English and Rusev set up a plate of The New Day's pancakes with whip cream on it, and English tries to slam Xavier's face into it but Xavier escapes. Kofi hits a suicide dive on Rusev at ringside, and Xavier and Kofi slam English's face into the pancakes. Back in the ring, Woods hits a flying elbow drop on English for the three count.

Winners: The New Day

No tag team has been more over than New Day in the face role for ages, but last night Rusev and English without a doubt had more crowd support.
 
Never more so than to the tune of New Day rocks, the crowd chanting Ru-sev day.


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Posted By: ihatethatmonkee
Date Posted: 20/December/2017 at 18:41
the backstage segment was really good, but WWE need to do something better with Rusev, since when he went heel and said everyone was on the naughty list, the boos were very muted, but I laughed at English's reaction and Rusev comforting him after.  they as a team are very over with the fans, so they need to turn them both at some point.

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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 20/December/2017 at 19:50
The backstage segment was brilliant and the reactions they are getting , specifically when Rusev day is mentioned, are phenomenal

It was a shame about how the match turned into a bit of a comedy fest because i think this gimmick works best when Rusev is comical out of the ring but an absolute machine once he steps between the ropes


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 22/December/2017 at 17:44
Loved the backstage segment, Rusev Day is becoming the highlight of Smackdown and they have great chemistry with New Day in comedy segments like this.

The match did descend into silliness but I found it quite entertaining. I think this is all building to Rusev going full babyface as it’s been said before he had a comical side and that is definitely more apparent now and I think exploring this side of his character will see him morph into a face.

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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 23/December/2017 at 11:47
It's only recently that Rusev has been allowed a little comedic freedom, since being paired with Aiden English in fact, so the comedy Christmas match was a good thing to establish that he's more laid back now. 

Rusev, more than anything, is showing immense commitment to the cause right now and the fans are backing him to the hilt given how quickly every Rusev Day shirt in the world sold out. They are doing something with him. He's heavily involved now, just not in the main event scene. That's fine; not everybody needs to be.

I'd expect him to have a great US title run next year, as that title is quickly becoming synonymous with Rusev and rightly so. He could do for the US title what The Miz does for the IC title. I'm confident he'll be in the chamber for 2019.


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Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 29/December/2017 at 02:56
After watching Raw, SmackDown and NXT this week all in one sitting, while skipping crap that didn't interest me on Hulu, I got to say SmackDown was the highlight of the week, and from it, Rusev in Chicago was the highlight of that.

The Chicago fans really were hot for SmackDown as a whole compared to Raw. First Bryan came out and I was mentioning he was just as over as Rock, Austin or Hogan ever were. Then Rusev came out and all but topped that, and then New Day got an amazingly good reaction too.

Hopefully Rusev IS booked more like Kurt Angle back in the day, where he was a good out of the ring but an asskicker in the ring. Rusev could really be someone big for the WWE if they keep him in that role.

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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 29/December/2017 at 10:24
I think also with the fact hes super over - the fact they are having them lose regularly seems to be upping the intensity from the fans to see them get a win and as a result they are getting better and better reactions from the crowd.

I still think they need to do something with them soon before the interest runs out


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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 29/December/2017 at 12:37
Having English there is a great way to have Rusev lose without Rusev actually losing. If he continues to be involved in great matches like that on Smackdown his stock can only rise. I'd like to see his team share some screen time with Lana and Tamina though, to share the effect if nothing else.

Rusev should have been in the US championship tournament, giving us a Rusev vs Mahal finish in which Mahal goes over. I don't expect them to be tag champs any time soon. They may in fact be next fed to the Bludgeon Brothers but that will only make him more popular with the fans.

Faces get over with losses now but they become stars with wins. It's not an easy balance to maintain but they do have a firm favourite with Rusev that they need to capitalise on.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 29/December/2017 at 17:49
Originally posted by Tom Colohue Tom Colohue wrote:

Having English there is a great way to have Rusev lose without Rusev actually losing. If he continues to be involved in great matches like that on Smackdown his stock can only rise. I'd like to see his team share some screen time with Lana and Tamina though, to share the effect if nothing else.

Rusev should have been in the US championship tournament, giving us a Rusev vs Mahal finish in which Mahal goes over. I don't expect them to be tag champs any time soon. They may in fact be next fed to the Bludgeon Brothers but that will only make him more popular with the fans.

Faces get over with losses now but they become stars with wins. It's not an easy balance to maintain but they do have a firm favourite with Rusev that they need to capitalise on.


Yeah it’s smart booking. English acts as the fall guy protecting Rusev, but as English is mostly about the comedy losses don’t really harm him as fans don’t tune in to see him win matches, that’s Rusev’s job.

I agree it would have been much better to have Rusev in the tournament having him defeat Woods then go all the way to the finals where he could have lost to Mahal perhaps with some help from the Singh’s to keep Rusev strong. Perhaps this could still happen with English side-stepping to allow Rusev to compete in the tournament?

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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 29/December/2017 at 20:32
That's a fair comment actually. It would be a good way to change their minds too and show that they heard the fans last week. I find it unlikely but I would be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted By: Benscast
Date Posted: 30/December/2017 at 05:52
Aiden is in the tournament as a sacrificial lamb. They will be tag champions between now and Mania.


Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 30/December/2017 at 11:01
Quote WWE management must be thrilled with Rusev’s recent surge of popularity. The new “Happy Rusev Day” shirts are sold out at the live events and on the WWE Shop website.

As of this writing, WWEShop.com is sold out of every shirt men’s shirt and it’s the number 1 selling item on the site. To his credit, in addition to his excellent work on Smackdown Live, Rusev has been promoting his merchandise on social media. If he is not officially a babyface then they will be forced to “officially” turn him babyface soon because he seems to be the hottest act in the company.

The top 15 sellling items on WWEShop.com right now:

1) Rusev “Happy Rusev Day” Authentic T-Shirt
2) AJ Styles “The One Who Gets it Done” Special Edition T-Shirt
3) The Usos “Down Since Day One Ish” Authentic T-Shirt
4) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Authentic T-Shirt
5) Stone Cold Steve Austin “Santa Stunner” Holiday T-Shirt
6) The Shield “Shield United” Authentic T-Shirt
7) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Red Authentic T-Shirt
8) nWo Retro T-Shirt
9) Ric Flair “Stylin & Profilin” Authentic T-Shirt
10) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Red T-Shirt
11) Elias “World Tour” Authentic T-Shirt
12) Braun Strowman “Monster Among Us” Authentic T-Shirt
13) Finn Bálor “Resurrection” Authentic T-Shirt
14) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Knit Beanie Hat
15) Sheamus & Cesaro “The Bar” Authentic T-Shirt


So with this in mind surely WWE have to get behind Rusev and really push him now. You can’t really call him a heel now due to how much he’s embracing the fan reaction but I would expect them to make the babyface turn official very soon.

With his current popularity I would be very tempted to put the US title on Rusev or give him and English the tag-belts.

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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 30/December/2017 at 12:44
Face and heel isn't what it once was, especially on Smackdown. I don't see Rusev Day taking the tag belts because Gable needs to take them before mania just for the established narrative but they missed a big chance with the US title.

I do think a Bludgeon Brothers feud is ideal. Ascension can finish their turn on Breezango and that leaves the Bludgeon Brothers available. Their push towards the titles doesn't start until after mania so I expected they'd line up against New Day but Rusev Day might now be a better choice. Rusev should be shown as able to compete with them, while English is ritually demolished.

This leaves New Day a bit bereft but they've never really needed a storyline. Leading into Mania this would see Gable and Benjamin as champs, losing them to New Day in a triple threat tag also featuring The Usos. Usos and Gable go to Raw, New Day feud with Bludgeon Brothers.

Rusev would unfortunately be on the pre show with English and Breezango losing to Bludgeon Brothers and Ascension but he would at least be on the card and be well placed to feud with Mahal/Cena/Ziggler for the US title coming out of mania. Next year could be a big year for Rusev.

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Posted By: Benscast
Date Posted: 31/December/2017 at 01:09
Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

Quote WWE management must be thrilled with Rusev’s recent surge of popularity. The new “Happy Rusev Day” shirts are sold out at the live events and on the WWE Shop website.

As of this writing, WWEShop.com is sold out of every shirt men’s shirt and it’s the number 1 selling item on the site. To his credit, in addition to his excellent work on Smackdown Live, Rusev has been promoting his merchandise on social media. If he is not officially a babyface then they will be forced to “officially” turn him babyface soon because he seems to be the hottest act in the company.

The top 15 sellling items on WWEShop.com right now:

1) Rusev “Happy Rusev Day” Authentic T-Shirt
2) AJ Styles “The One Who Gets it Done” Special Edition T-Shirt
3) The Usos “Down Since Day One Ish” Authentic T-Shirt
4) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Authentic T-Shirt
5) Stone Cold Steve Austin “Santa Stunner” Holiday T-Shirt
6) The Shield “Shield United” Authentic T-Shirt
7) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Red Authentic T-Shirt
8) nWo Retro T-Shirt
9) Ric Flair “Stylin & Profilin” Authentic T-Shirt
10) AJ Styles “Untouchable” Red T-Shirt
11) Elias “World Tour” Authentic T-Shirt
12) Braun Strowman “Monster Among Us” Authentic T-Shirt
13) Finn Bálor “Resurrection” Authentic T-Shirt
14) Seth Rollins “Burn It Down” Knit Beanie Hat
15) Sheamus & Cesaro “The Bar” Authentic T-Shirt


So with this in mind surely WWE have to get behind Rusev and really push him now. You can’t really call him a heel now due to how much he’s embracing the fan reaction but I would expect them to make the babyface turn official very soon.

With his current popularity I would be very tempted to put the US title on Rusev or give him and English the tag-belts.
I told everyone on Twitter that Roman wasn't even a top seller on the WWE shop and Roman fans sent me death threats.

Roman isn't even in the top 15 lmao. To quote Vince McMahon.... if you are a top merchandise seller, you will be at the top of the company....

...oh Vince.... please stop.

When ever someone organically becomes over on their own since the ruthless Aggression era ended, they either get buried or wasted and end up being released. Vince wants to push people he personally wants to get all the attention. I just hope that he doesn't continue this trend with Ruru. I been saying this since 2015, he is a mega star and no one believed me.


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 01/January/2018 at 11:27
Originally posted by Benscast Benscast wrote:

Aiden is in the tournament as a sacrificial lamb. They will be tag champions between now and Mania.
 
It's possible for jobbing in the US tournament he will be thanked with a title run. I would expect if that happens for them to win at Wrestlemania for the biggest ever Rusev Day crowd to pop.
 
Quote The US title tournament appears to be an attempt to jump start Rusev's push. While he is not in the title tournament itself, it's possible that the whole thing will culminate with Rusev turning face and ending up with the title, perhaps in an angle with Aiden English.

Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

I don't like the sound of that because I wouldn't put it past creative to use this partnership to start another underwhelming Rusev heel run.
 
Management should be happy with the pops, but deep down they are probably pissed off that they are responsible for them by putting Rusev on Total Divas, thus showing us how funny he is out of character.


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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 01/January/2018 at 13:02
If you read through that WON info carefully you'll see that there is absolutely no basis in fact. 'It appears' means nothing. 'It's possible' means nothing. 'Perhaps' means nothing.

It's just a Journalist essentially covering his bases so that he can come out and say 'I was right' at the end of it.


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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 02/May/2018 at 15:30
Quote Rusev and Aiden English are talking backstage about new lyrics for their song, when Lana walks in. The crowd pops big for Lana, who is wearing a Rusev Day t-shirt. Lana says Rusev day is bigger than ever, but something is still holding Rusev back. Rusev wonders what could be holding him back, since he has a holiday in his name every day.
 
The fans reacted to Lana insinuating Rusev needs to drop English, but Rusev and the commentators played dumb.
 
I hope they aren't split up. They make a great team and the part Aiden English has played in getting Rusev over shouldn't be overlooked.
 
Maybe this is just a tease where management want to find out how much fans want them kept together.


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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 03/May/2018 at 08:41
If anything I think the plan here is to get English over as much as Rusev. He's gone unappreciated for a while, despite being the catalyst for Rusev's greatest period of popularity.

This could be used to reinforce Rusev as a heel, in a way that actually gets him booed. It could also be the beginning of his face turn, should he reject Lana and side with English. It all depends on how much of a heel Lana is shown to be.


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Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 23/May/2018 at 18:06
Originally posted by Tom Colohue Tom Colohue wrote:

If anything I think the plan here is to get English over as much as Rusev. He's gone unappreciated for a while, despite being the catalyst for Rusev's greatest period of popularity.


I think he is starting to become more and more over himself as a result of The Rusev Day gimmick but also this week with the Lana Day stuff

Hes a huge part of the whole act and a huge part of what Rusev Day is right now


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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 24/May/2018 at 08:01
I would agree with that. English is starting to catch up to Rusev in terms of popularity and having him play cheerleader for Lana made a big difference in how they presented her big win. Essentially Aiden is the babyface and Rusev and Lana are heels benefitting from him. 

Now should we get a Rusev/English megapowers storyline where instead of anything romantic Lana and Rusev are feuding over English's managerial services, I'm not going to complain.


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Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 24/May/2018 at 15:10
Fair enough for WWE trying to get English over, but it'll never work for me. I can't stand that gimmick.

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 24/May/2018 at 21:31
The addition of Lana has made Rusev Day/Lana Day more popular than ever, I loved Aidan English’s lyrical introduction for Lana this week. I’m glad they haven’t removed English from the act and seem to be proceeding with Rusev Day as a three person group, English is a key part of the gimmick and a main reason for its popularity. I’m glad he’s stopped with the classical type singing and using almost rap style stuff with his intros now.

After the way he got the fans involved for Lana’s entrance and the reaction it got it does seem that they are now babyfaces which is the right move.

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Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 08/August/2018 at 13:20
Quote Lana is shown backstage warming up. Rusev approaches and says she has his support, and it will be a happy Lana day. Aiden English approaches and says he didn't mean to cause her the match last week. He says he knows he had a bad couple weeks, but he's here to say he's sorry. Rusev says they forgive Aiden, but maybe it's better for him to stay backstage tonight. Rusev and Lana walk off while Aiden looks disappointed. - Lana vs. Zelina Vega: Rusev and Andrade Almas are both at ringside for this one. Lana starts off strong and backs Zelina into the corner. Zelina fights back with strikes and keeps Lana grounded with a rear chin lock. Zelina misses a kick, and Lana fires back with a knee and a vertical suplex for a two count. Lana hits some elbow drops then works over Zelina in the corner. Lana hits a running facebuster for a two count. Lana hits two vertical suplexes, then Almas causes a distraction from the apron and Zelina drops Lana. Rusev goes after Almas now and whips him into the fan barricade. Zelina kicks Rusev in the head from the apron and Almas drops Rusev from behind. Meanwhile in the ring, Lana hits a big boot on Zelina. Lana goes up top while Rusev and Almas still brawl. Aiden English runs down and spears Almas, but he bumps into Lana in the process and Lana goes down. Zelina takes advantage and pins Lana for the win. Winner: Zelina Vega - Rusev helps Lana up and they don't look happy about the finish.
 
I'm not liking the booking between them. They were fine as they were and didn't need to be booked into having issues.
 
English looks like a dumb bastard for not doing as he's told and screwing up every single week.
 
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Posted By: 4 of em
Date Posted: 04/October/2018 at 00:50
Not sure why they've went this direction with these two. It's more than obvious that the tape was stop just as Lana was going to say I want you..... so it's a bit of a lame story line but on the other hand who else is Rusev going to feud with at the moment ? I would have put him on the quest to get the U.S. title back, but guess we will see what they do here. Almost like a Miz, Mizdow moment.

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 12/October/2018 at 14:33
Best line of this feud so far has to be Aiden saying to Lana ‘’if you ever get tired of those boring Rusev Days..... treat yourself to a Aiden night!’’

Enjoying this feud so far and I’m glad they seem to have finally turned Rusev officially babyface, he’s popular and a likeable personality, the old school foreign heel thing never really worked for him it was Rusev Day that got him over, will be interesting to see how they handle the gimmick without Aiden involved.

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Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 12/October/2018 at 15:47
Still think he should have said an English night, but whatever. I guess that would have a double meaning that WWE wouldn't want misconstrued... for some reason.

I think Rusev made the foreign heel thing work for him for a while, despite being such a cliché. I think the fact that he was able to make it work for him is the biggest reason he's still around today, because most people that have been given that gimmick wash out after a couple years once the gimmick's storylines run their course. He's still doing quite well in the mid-card.

I can't say the same for English. I don't like him at all. I was fine with him and Gotch as the Vaudvillains, but he on his own annoys the hell out of me.


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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 13/October/2018 at 09:16
I don’t dislike English, he has personality but with his goofy look and character it’s hard to see him as anything more than a low card jobber.

Rusev on the other hand could be a top guy, featuring him so prominently on Total Divas was smart as it’s shown a more human and funny side to him, plus people like the Rusev/Lana partnership. I could see him being World champion down the line.

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Posted By: Tom Colohue
Date Posted: 13/October/2018 at 09:43
This was a good way to formally turn Rusev face, in my opinion. Aidan English was always the heel of the ground and now that he's stepped away and is being blatantly heelish, it opens Rusev up to feuds against Nakamura, The Miz and of course Samoa Joe.

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Posted By: Fletch
Date Posted: 13/October/2018 at 10:37
Originally posted by Tom Colohue Tom Colohue wrote:

This was a good way to formally turn Rusev face, in my opinion. Aidan English was always the heel of the ground and now that he's stepped away and is being blatantly heelish, it opens Rusev up to feuds against Nakamura, The Miz and of course Samoa Joe.


Agreed I think it was a well booked smooth transition to full on babyface for Rusev, he’s been in the tweener role for months now. I think this will result in a short-term feud with English that will see Rusev win decisively then he will move onto bigger things.

The only slight concern is that I did see a report a while ago that Rusev is unhappy with his creative direction and has been quite outspoken about it similar to the situations of the past with guys like Matt Hardy, Carlito, Dolph Ziggler and Wade Barrett. The report suggested neither WWE or Rusev have any interest in renewing their working relationship at the end of his contract, but based on how he’s currently being booked and how prominent he and Lana have been on shows like Total Divas I would say the report was false.

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Posted By: L-shizzel
Date Posted: 13/October/2018 at 12:07
Rusev has always been treated pretty well on the roster I feel a lot of the unspoken stuff is more to do with in ring character then anything else, Lana can easily fill the void for Aiden in the Rusev Day celebration entrance and Rusev will be able to get himself over from there.

By WrestleMania I firmly believe Rusev will be US champ once more and he will bring a lot of prestige to that title.

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